Meet the Staff
Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples
Michelle Sanchez is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Covenant. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Church in the Boston area. She has previously served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and completed spiritual direction training at Boston College. She loves poetry, cycling, and reading voraciously. Michelle is married to Mickey, a staff worker at Northwestern University with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries. As much as they enjoy making and deepening disciples in ministry, they treasure this the most at home with their two children and favorite disciples in the world!
Director of Children, Family and Intergenerational Ministries
Steve Burger has served churches in New York and Minnesota with his wife Marti, prior to serving in his present position. Their daughter Melissa Wall serves as Pastor of Deer Grove Covenant Church, Palatine, IL, son-in-law, Fredrik serves in the ECC Denominational Offices, and their son Paul and his wife Britta are pastors at Bethany Covenant Church in Mt Vernon, WA. Steve can recall moments from infancy and feels closest to God when he is with children. He is committed to supporting and partnering with those who minister with children, families and intergenerational communities of faith.
Director of Youth Ministry
Tim Ciccone is Director of Youth Ministry for the Evangelical Covenant Church and has a deep passion to serve and encourage youth workers across the denomination. He is father to Caleb, Josiah, Samantha, and Ethan and has been married to Maria for 18 years. Prior to his role Tim was the Pastor of Generational Discipleship at Hillcrest Covenant Church in the Kansas City area. He earned his MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary and has been serving in the church for over 24 years. Tim is passionate about people finding and following Jesus!
Director of Women Ministries
Meagan Gillan takes great joy in connecting with women in all kinds of settings. Whether at retreats, events, or over coffee, she loves sharing together how Jesus is calling women deeper together in him (especially over coffee). She is encouraged when women take steps to grow in discipleship, whether by leading a Bible study, choosing to heal from abuse, or by reaching out with global vision. She thinks the women of the Covenant are terrific and is excited about the next generation of women leaders rising.
Meagan is a graduate of Wheaton College and is married to Scot, a pastor. They celebrated 40 years of marriage last year and still like each other. They love the connections they’ve made during 38 of ministry across five states and many, many really great people. They have four terrific adult children, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and twin grandsons capable of melting her heart at a moment’s notice.
Manager of Ministry Services
Evelmyn Ivens graduated from North Park Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Theological Studies concentrating in Cross-Cultural Ministry. She served as an Adjunct Professor at North Park with the course Intercultural Spirituality and she has presented at many other venues on topics related to both discipleship and justice. Evelmyn is a Qualified Administrator for the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory.) Prior to this, Evelmyn worked as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for the CCDA (Christian Community Development Association), where she also conducted research and assisted with curriculum and resource development. She is bilingual in Spanish and comes to us with ministry translation experience as well as knowledge of the Spanish-speaking Covenant community. She is a member of Grace Evangelical Covenant Church and serves as board member for Evangelicals 4 Justice. In her free time enjoys spending time with friends and exploring the city of Chicago.
Coordinator of Administrative Services
Pam Cobb became the Coordinator of Administrative Services for the Make and Deepen Disciples team after having served as Office Manager for Covenant Pines Bible Camp in Minnesota’s northwoods for 6 years. When you speak with her you will instantly realize she has lived in the south (Texas and Kentucky) for much of her life. She has extensive experience as a Director of Missions and Office Manager. Pam earned a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary, in Kentucky. Her mission is “to enable Christians to be what God has called them to be.” She enjoys nature, traveling, quilting, and hosting tea parties (hats, silver, and all) Sophie and Toby, Pam’s cats, are not nearly as excited about moving to Chicago as Pam is. For Pam, being in Chicago means being able to visit her daughter’s family (grandchildren) in Indiana frequently and a quicker flight to Savannah to see her youngest daughter.